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Why do we spend so much money on long lasting products like ceramic coatings and ceramic sprays with graphene and angel droppings in them, and then buy more product to use on top of the original product to maintain or increase its durability when the whole point of getting it in the first place was not to have to keep applying more product at all. ARE WE ALL NUTS? No. The truth is we like spending money on the things we love. We don't want to leave it alone. We like rubbing our hands over the smooth shiny surfaces. It’s just one of the crazy contradictions of being a gear head. 😃😃
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on top of the original product to maintain
"Maintain" being keyword, I think. Everything exposed to the elements is going to degrade. Keeping the original materials at their best, with the additional intangible benefits you describe.

Laying on the garage floor with a Q-tip, getting that last bit of dust off the rim, you'd think would be a PITA, but there's just something about it. Soothing.

Some of my neighbors have to think there's something wrong with me by now. Crazy. Crazy like a fox. :crazy: :giggle:
 

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Maintain is the key word as Skye mentioned. Just good old fashioned maintenance like everything else we do to keep our cars running and looking their best.

It’s therapy for me personally, for those couple of hours nobody bothers me, I don’t check emails or texts. Just me and my car having some quality time together amidst all the kids’ stuff, work stuff, etc.
 

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I think BULUTT is on to something here "we like to spend money on things we love", like our family, pets and toys...and I certainly do enjoy doing all of the above, and yes "quality time" spent in the garage with my "toys" is therapeutic...
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Yes, the garage is a bit cluttered...
 

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Why buy a 40k plus vehicle if you don't enjoy the whole aspect of maintaining the whole car. My Velocity Blue just sparkles so much better when it's dirt and dust free. And here in Texas lately, that's a chore. No rain means dust is an everyday occurrence.
 

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Why do we spend so much money on long lasting products like ceramic coatings and ceramic sprays with graphene and angel droppings in them, and then buy more product to use on top of the original product to maintain or increase its durability when the whole point of getting it in the first place was not to have to keep applying more product at all. ARE WE ALL NUTS? No. The truth is we like spending money on the things we love. We don't want to leave it alone. We like rubbing our hands over the smooth shiny surfaces. It’s just one of the crazy contradictions of being a gear head. 😃😃
For people who have nothing better to do...
 

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Why do we spend so much money on long lasting products like ceramic coatings and ceramic sprays with graphene and angel droppings in them, and then buy more product to use on top of the original product to maintain or increase its durability when the whole point of getting it in the first place was not to have to keep applying more product at all. ARE WE ALL NUTS? No. The truth is we like spending money on the things we love. We don't want to leave it alone. We like rubbing our hands over the smooth shiny surfaces. It’s just one of the crazy contradictions of being a gear head. 😃😃
Because people like to say they have it . No other reason to spend that type money on the crappy oem paint job that would make maacco blush .
 

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There's a beat up, dented, dirty AF 2900lb 66 4-door Belvedere POS around here that if you don't have at least a 1100 wheel.. don't bother. I know what he spends his money on ha-ha.
 
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I don’t think you understand what I am getting at. It is illogical to spend top dollar on something that is supposed to last 5 years but then constantly put another product over it. If you do this the original coating has contributed nothing so you may as well use the topper as a stand alone coating every 3-6 months because you will get the same result as topping the coating every 3-6 months to maintain something that supposedly doesn’t need maintaining. The whole point of getting the car coated Is NOT to have to maintain the lsp. It is only our obsession that won’t let us leave it alone even though we know the ceramic coating should last years with just a regular wash.
 

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I don’t think you understand what I am getting at. It is only our obsession that won’t let us leave it alone even though we know the ceramic coating should last years with just a regular wash.
I think I understand your points. Here's how I see it, using ceramic coating as an example...

Ceramic coating applied, expected to last X number of years and offer a certain amount of protection. Day-to-day, the coating will degrade to the point it is no longer considered effective, but not all at once. For the sake of argument, we'll say 25% down every year, expiring at the end of year four and needing complete re-application.

I can leave it like that, ride it out and do nothing more than a maintenance wash. But I can also periodically use a sealer or other refresh type product and top it up. Now, instead of less and less protection each year, I'm running near 100% all the time and possibly extending the life of the initial base application.

Applying these products constantly? Some products, some brands, yes. Better brands often hold up much longer, needing to be applied less often. If I was applying a product too often, I'd be concerned I was using the wrong product or using that product incorrectly.

And there are the intangibles. Bead porn, having people look over and notice your ride, polishing the $h!t of something: it can be therapeutic. And this is probably why some of us do those additional things. We don't have to. But we want to. Pursuit of a passion.

YMMV.
 
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I wash and dry my car once every couple weeks. (It’s garaged). Once a year I spend 8 hours cleaning the interior and hand waxing. I use waxes that I’ve owned for 10-20+ years that I’ve acquired (about 9 different products that all do pretty much the same thing). Car looks great and doesn’t cost me more than $10/year to keep it that way. (I buy a small bundle bundle of towels each year).

it’s not a show car, and isn’t being entered into any detail competitions etc. Its almost 8 years old and looks great. Is it PERFECT? NOPE. Does it need to be? NOPE.

I spent time and money on modifying and maintaining it mechanically where it actually counts.
 

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I don’t think you understand what I am getting at. It is illogical to spend top dollar on something that is supposed to last 5 years but then constantly put another product over it. If you do this the original coating has contributed nothing so you may as well use the topper as a stand alone coating every 3-6 months because you will get the same result as topping the coating every 3-6 months to maintain something that supposedly doesn’t need maintaining. The whole point of getting the car coated Is NOT to have to maintain the lsp. It is only our obsession that won’t let us leave it alone even though we know the ceramic coating should last years with just a regular wash.
Everything needs some kind of maintenance in order to maximize life and performance. Skye summed it up best
 

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